Urdekin is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was a name given to a person who worked as a bird catcher or someone who had birdlike characteristics.
Early Origins of the Urdekin family
The surname Urdekin was first found in Cheshire
at Broxton, a village and civil parish where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Urdekin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Urdekin research.Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1543, 1623, 1608, 1663, 1558, 1540, 1623, 1652, 1704, 1669, 1674 and 1744 are included under the topic Early Urdekin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Urdekin Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Urdekin were recorded, including Bird, Byrd, Byrde and others.
Early Notables of the Urdekin family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Theophilus Bird, or Bourne, (1608-1663) English actor; John Bird (died 1558), who was an English Carmelite monk and bishop; William Byrd (1540-1623), English composer; William Byrd I (1652-1704)... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Urdekin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Urdekin family to Ireland
Some of the Urdekin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Urdekin family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Urdekin family emigrate to North America: Alice Bird who settled in Virginia in 1652; Richard Bird settled in Virginia in 1635; John Bird settled in Barbados in 1663; Susan Bird who settled in Virginia in 1642.
The Urdekin Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Cruce spes mea
Motto Translation: My hope is in the cross.